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Pentagon erroneously withheld $78 million from injured veterans over 25 years

The Pentagon has been deducting money erroneously from combat-wounded veterans’ severance pay for 25 years, an error officials knew about for years and that might have affected upwards of 13,000 troops, according to lawmakers and a veterans advocacy group. Now lawmakers are trying to return the money — estimated to be $78 million — through a bi-partisan bill introduced Thursday. [more]

Released 3/17/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

VA gets ‘F’ for Persian Gulf War claims approvals

Richard Spataro, Director of Training and Publications at NVLSP, is quoted in this Military Times article which highlights the declining VA approval rates of disability claims for Persian Gulf War-related illnesses. VA gets 'F' for Persian Gulf War claims approvals [more]

Released 3/16/16 | Tags:

Local veteran wins VA hearing decision

Bill Minnix got some good news on March 1. He was told that a Department of Veterans Affairs hearing in Portland recently had decided his service from February to July in 1973 in the U.S. Air Force is considered honorable for VA purposes. The hearing was focused on the character of Minnix’ discharge from the military in 1973, when he was given a less than honorable discharge. [more]

Released 3/8/16 | Tags:

Oklahoma National Guard airman stands to lose medical insurance after cancer diagnosis

In early 2014, as his Oklahoma Air National Guard unit ramped up for a Middle East deployment, Senior Airman Jesse Daniels noticed he wasn't feeling well. He got tired after just a few minutes on his feet. He couldn't walk more than 20 feet without getting winded and feeling his heart racing. He never made it to the Middle East. But Daniels still found himself in a fight for his life. Eventually Daniels, now 27, would be diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. [more]

Released 3/7/16 | Tags:

Veterans Gain Support in Fight to Bring Class Actions

NVLSP, The American Legion, law professors and former VA attorneys filed briefs urging the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to allow class action lawsuits to be filed at the court. Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal. [more]

Released 12/30/15 | Tags:

Our 17 Favorite Events of 2015

Over its 35 years, the National Veterans Legal Services Program has helped veterans obtain $4.5B in benefits. Its benefit reception honored people including NVLSP founder David Addlestone, who's spent his entire career fighting for veterans' rights. [more]

Released 12/23/15 | Tags:

NVLSP and Advocates Back Military Family’s Feres Doctrine Challenge

NVLSP and The American Legion filed briefs urging the Supreme Court to hear the case of a military child whose medical malpractice suit was dismissed because her injuries stemmed from complications during birth from her active duty mother. Read the full article at MilitaryTimes.com [more]

Released 12/21/15 | Tags:

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